McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

Evaluating Cover Crops and Summer Annual Forages for Beef Cattle

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A forage plot trial is being conducted to evaluate potential yield, nutritional value, forage crop nutrient removal, and economic sustainability of cover crops used in rotation with various summer annual forage species. Five species of summer annual forages were seeded July 1, 2019, with a no-till drill and sampled for nutritional analysis and yield prior to harvest and termination in late August. Plots then were seeded September 18, 2019, using a no-till drill with five species of winter cover crops, which will be analyzed for nutritional content and yield in the spring of 2020. This was the first of a four-year project, and implications will be determined on further data collection and analysis.


How to Cite: Clark, C. A. , Lundy, E. L. , Wall, P. B. , Saeugling, R. A. , Vittetoe, R. , Michel, J. , Wallace, L. , Evans, B. & Thompson, G. (2020) “Evaluating Cover Crops and Summer Annual Forages for Beef Cattle”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports. 2019(1).